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Master of Professional Accounting (Extension)

Gain industry specialisation and global professional accreditation with the UNSW Master of Professional Accounting (Extension).

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Prepare to become a certified accountant by completing the Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) at UNSW Sydney. Earn professional accreditation from CPA Australia and other international industry bodies. Specialise in an interesting field or move toward an academic career in accounting research.

Within two years you will understand critical topics including management accounting and business analysis; build knowledge in a specialisation of your choice; develop advanced skills in financial reporting; and gain a deep appreciation of the legal environment that surrounds your industry. In addition, high-performing future experts can choose accounting research projects.

Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) students are exposed to a depth and breadth of industry knowledge and build the expertise required to excel in their careers.

Why choose this master’s degree?

The Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) meets the educational requirements of peak professional accounting bodies, enabling students to meet global standards for professional accreditation. These leading international industry organisations include:

  • CPA Australia
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA – recognised worldwide)
  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA – recognised worldwide)
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)

The studies build a comprehensive understanding of professional accounting based on industry, methodology and legislative requirements.

You will master professional accounting as the program in captures financial, strategic and management fields. You will build skills in auditing, assurance, advanced financial reporting, statistics and data analysis.

Gain a deep understanding of the structures that set rules and hold organisations responsible – study essential legal foundations, and laws related to corporations, business and taxation.

Develop specialisation within a range of areas - there are more than 20 topics available including social entrepreneurship, enterprise systems, risk management and global workplace practice. See the program structure for detailed information.

UNSW Business School students have exclusive access to Career Accelerator, a portfolio of professional development opportunities that include:

To earn your qualification faster, consider the Masters of Professional Accounting, which offers less electives.

The course has defined my professional career in full. It gave me the tools I needed to be industry-ready. It was important to me that the course helped fulfil the prerequisites for a professional qualification and gave me professional accreditation

Subhro Bhattacharya
Master of Professional Accounting
Read more about Subhro’s experience of the Master of Professional Accounting

UNSW Business School degrees are shaped by industry leaders and world-class academics who recognise the future will present career opportunities that don’t exist today. The skills and insights gained from your Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) can have an immediate positive effect on your career.

Who is this degree for?

  • Graduates with limited or no exposure to accounting who are seeking a career as an accountant
  • Recent graduates interested in achieving professional accreditation, or building a career in financial management
  • Graduates pursuing an academic career in accounting research

Job and career prospects

This program will open up many career opportunities including:

  • Business risk manager
  • Chief financial officer
  • External auditor and assurance specialist
  • Financial accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Insolvency and reconstruction specialist
  • Internal auditor
  • Management accountant
  • Management consultant
  • Taxation specialist
  • Treasurer

Find out how we prepare our graduates for career success

Why the Business School?

UNSW Business School is a leading business school in the Asia-Pacific. We rank 1st for Accounting and Finance in Australia, and within the top 50 worldwide. We are rated “Well above world standard” for Banking and Finance by the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) government assessment. Read more about our rankings and reputation.

Our students build professional networks among more than 90,000 Business School alumni worldwide and begin their new career before graduation. This postgraduate degree incorporates a suite of professional development opportunities offered by Career Accelerator, that are exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students. Career Accelerator helps you build industry connections through networking and mentoring, and you can undertake internships and global business practicums for credit towards your degree.

The Master of Professional Accounting (Extension) is a 2 year degree program consisting of 17 courses: 13 core courses, plus 4 elective courses.

Core courses

ACCT5908 Auditing and Assurance Services

This course examines the practice of auditing, the underlying concepts, auditors' responsibilities and the audit environment. Although the focus of attention is on audits carried out under the provisions of the Corporations Law, reference is also made to other assurance and related non-assurance services. The course is intended to provide an overview of the audit process as it exists in Australia and internationally. Focus is on both the conduct of the audit (as an auditor) and interaction with the audit function (as a member of the business community). Topics include: the risk based auditing approach; assessment of risk; development of audit strategy; internal control evaluation and controls testing; substantive testing; analytical review; auditing in an information technology environment; audit sampling; audit reporting; contractual and common law duties; the critical role of ethics; and an introduction to other assurance and related non-assurance services.

ACCT5930 Financial Accounting

This course examines the fundamentals of financial accounting for entities of simple organisational design; financial recording processes, systems design and internal control; preparation of general purpose statements of financial position, operating performance and cash flow statements; responsibilities in financial reporting; financial reporting constraints; recognition and measurement of specific financial statement elements; and analysis and interpretation of financial reports.

ACCT5931 Strategic Management Accounting

This course introduces emergent thinking about the interfaces between financial and business performance with a focus on adding value to the business, rather than emphasising financial control. The link between strategy and resource management is highlighted, in focusing on the effective use of an organisation’s financial and other resources in creating value for customers and shareholders. The course aims to introduce strategic financial management as an integrated way of thinking about the key drivers of value in organisations.

ACCT5942 Corporate Accounting and Regulation

Note: Not available to students who have completed ACCT2542 in the last three years.

Overview of the external financial reporting environment - Australian and international aspects; arrangements for the regulation of external reporting; the preparation of general purpose financial reports including the treatment of income taxes and the acquisition of other entities.

The preparation of consolidated financial statements for reporting entities with more complex structures including subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures.

ACCT5943 Advanced Financial Reporting

Note: Not available to students who have completed ACCT3563 or ACCT3573 in the last three years

The analysis of contemporary accounting issues within theoretical frameworks such as agency theory and the context of the conceptual frameworks used in setting accounting standards.

Reporting problems in particular industries and with particular types of assets and liabilities (such as complex financial instruments); cutting edge accounting issues and the deliberations of local and overseas accounting rule-making bodies; and proposals for the strengthening of external financial reporting.

ACCT5996 Management Accounting and Business Analysis

This course examines the use of financial and non-financial information for the purpose of analysing business processes to achieve superior organisational performance. The course introduces a number of management accounting tools and quantitative techniques that can be used to analyse how business processes consume resources, create value for a firm and its customers, and how this value may be enhanced through business process improvement. The course draws on textbook explanations and research-based insights of contemporary business practice in this area.

Note: Not available to students who have completed ACCT2522 in the last three years.

ECON5103 Business Economics

​An introduction to economic analysis and policy, with particular application to decision-making in business. The course provides students with the tools to use economic principles in decision-making and an understanding of the broader economic environment in which business decisions must be made.

ECON5257 Introductory Statistics and Data Analysis

The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction to basic statistical tools and quantitative methods that are useful in understanding the type of data encountered in business. Importantly, it will provide a framework for approaching economics and business problems, and experience in learning from associated data. Topics covered include: understanding data, examining relationships, randomness and sampling distributions, introduction to inference, and probability. The course also aims to provide familiarity with the use of Excel for data analysis and problem solving.

FINS5511 Corporate Finance

Essential aspects of financial decision-making in business. Designed to enable the student to usefully employ the following concepts in a business environment: investment decisions under uncertainty; capital structure; dividend distribution; applications of option pricing analysis to corporate finance. Note: Does not meet disciplinary requirements for Finance.

INFS5978 Accounting Information Systems

Accounting Information Systems aims to provide an introduction to the use and management of information systems used within the realm of accounting. Students will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the role of accounting information systems in organisations, examine the information technology components of information systems and review the means by which organisations acquire and deploy accounting information systems.
The course will include hands-on usage of accounting information systems and tools germane to the area. The course also includes a study of contemporary issues confronting accounting information systems, and a consideration of the ethical practices related to the development and use of these systems.
Note: Only offered to students in the Accounting Program (ACCTAS8404), the Professional Accounting Program (ACCTDS8404) and the Master of Accounting and Business Information Technology (MAccBIT8425).

TABL5512 Legal Foundations for Accountants

In presenting and analysis financial data and in the financial management of enterprises accountants need to be aware of the legal responsibilities and risks that arise in business. This course begins by outlining the framework of the Australian legal system and the sources and nature of Australian law. It then introduces the student to areas of law particularly relevant to accountants including: the law of contract; consumer protection law; real and personal property; intellectual property; securities over property interests; torts (such as negligent misstatement); crimes (such as fraud and other 'white collar' crimes); payment systems; and competition law.
This course is offered only for students in the Master of Professional Accounting program.

TABL5541 Corporations and Business Associations Law

The course begins by comparing the key legal features of different forms of business organisation (such as companies, partnerships and trusts) in relation to considerations such as liability, ownership of assets, transfer of ownership and termination. It then examines corporations law in detail. Topics dealt with include: the process and legal effects of incorporation; dealings between the corporation and outsiders; the raising of corporate finance; corporate distributions; legal aspects of corporate governance (including director's duties, members' remedies, and accounts and audit provisions); and the external administration of corporations.

TABL5551 Taxation Law

The complexity and comprehensiveness of the Australian tax system mean that tax considerations are now of major importance in most business decisions. After outlining tax policy, tax mix and tax reform considerations, this subject concentrates on income taxation in Australia. Topics include: concepts of income; allowable deductions; tax accounting; taxation of partnerships; trusts and corporations; anti-avoidance provisions; tax administration; capital gains tax; and fringe benefits tax.

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ACCT5907 International Financial Statement Analysis

This course introduces the analytics tools used in the analysis of financial statements. It extends beyond the accounting process to enable students to identify and understand the economic reality behind the accounting numbers used in financial statements. Focusing on real world examples, the quality of financial statement information is comprehensively examined to detect and correct any distortions necessary to improve the economic content of the financial statements, including their comparability. Quantitative analytical tools are then used to conduct detailed financial analysis of corporate profitability and risk. The accounting and financial analysis skills acquired in the course are essential in making successful decisions in numerous business contexts, including: the evaluation of financial performance, the identification of sources of value creation, risk and credit assessment, and in assessing the achievement of financial targets and strategic goals. Relevant topics include: the national and international framework for financial accounting; the accrual concept and financial reporting and earnings quality; long-lived assets, income taxes, leases and off-balance sheet activities, stock compensations, pensions and other employee benefits, financial assets and derivatives, inter-corporate investments, business combinations and multinational operations.

ACCT5910 Business Analysis and Valuation

​Note: Not available to students who have completed ACCT3610 in the last three years.

This course examines the: sources of information available to analysts; traditional ratio analysis; application of techniques of financial analysis to equity valuation; credit assessment; and price regulation. Also looked at are: calculations of key indicators of financial performance; issues arising from international differences in accounting standards and practices; off-balance sheet financing and financial instruments; problems arising from complex organisational structures; and strategies for managing the financial analysis function.

ACCT5914 Enterprise Strategy for Management Accountants

Formulating and implementing strategy depends on a thorough understanding of all aspects of an organisation; making sound business decisions requires advanced management accounting knowledge including both financial and strategic analysis. This course uses relevant, globally focused business cases for students to learn how management accountants formulate and effectively implement strategy while managing risk, using the competencies gained in earlier management accounting courses. Integrating research and practice, this advanced course is designed to equip students with relevant management accounting skills that will enable them to influence strategic decisions and manage performance.

Topics include interacting with the competitive environment, understanding the business partner role of management accountants in change management, evaluating strategic options using leading management accounting techniques, and implementing strategic plans via performance management systems.

ACCT5919 Business Risk Management

In a rapidly changing global world, with decreasing product life cycles and increasing customer and societal expectations, there are significant and increased risks associated with ongoing value creation by organisations.
In this world, value is put at risk - by competition, or failures of corporate leadership, strategies, processes, and capabilities. Developing effective ways of managing such Business Risks is proving to be a central agenda item for organisations seeking continuing success.
This course addresses this emergent field conceptually, technically and speculatively. Case studies and research reports are used throughout.

ACCT5920 Managing Intangible Resources

This course seeks to understand intangible asset issues from a management accounting, financial accounting and auditing perspective. The gap between the market value of firms and the capitalisation of their assets in the balance sheet highlights the value that investors are prepared to attribute to the "intangible resources" of many organisations (such as financial service, consulting, software development and e-commerce companies). The value generating potential of such organisations is attributed to resources, and competencies in managing these resources, that the traditional accounting system is often both unable and unwilling to represent in explicit financial terms. Based on the premise that long term sustainable value creation is best achieved from collaborative organisational practices and transparency among all stakeholders, this course aims to identify these "intangible resources" and to examine their role in achieving superior financial performance. The course examines how intangible assets are treated from a financial accounting perspective given International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), and offers a critical understanding of measurement and auditing challenges. Additionally, the course incorporates performance measurement frameworks that seek to represent intangible resources often not captured within conventional accounting systems (for example, the Balanced Scorecard and other methodologies that seek to meaningfully measure and evaluate intangibles). The types of intangible resources captured within such frameworks and how they are measured is examined also.

ACCT5925 Integrated Reporting, Integrated Thinking and Value Creation

This course is concerned with how organisations create and preserve value over time employing effective business models and a broader range of resources (capitals) than in conventional analyses. This value creation process is currently being reported upon under the international initiative of Integrated Reporting (), incorporating Integrated Thinking, which is enhancing the way organizations think holistically, plan strategically and report value outcomes. Integrated Thinking focuses on how executives make business decisions that best utilise all their available resources and relationships (not just financial but including their staff, intellectual property, environmental, and supplier and customer relationships) to implement a strategy for long term value creation. Integrated Reporting then focuses on how they communicate (both internally and to external stakeholders) their unique value creation story, in order to address the question, “Why should I, or others in society, support this organisation?” The course is designed to be highly interactive with many illustrations and cases.

Topics include: The drivers behind the development of the International Framework; creating value over time with Integrated Thinking; and implementation including the design of an internal management system geared to value management rather than traditional financial management.

Acknowledgement is made of the significant contributions of KPMG Australia and the International Integrated Reporting Council in developing and presenting the course.

ACCT5949 Managing Agile Organisations

There has been much change and innovation in the structure and form of organisations in the new millennium. There is now a large array of organisational forms - from simple hierarchies to complex organisational sets and alliances. Given this diversity, managers need an innovative repertoire of managerial skills and competencies.

This course has three aims:

  1. To briefly identify the new and innovative ways that productive relationships have been structured at the intra-organisational and inter-organisational levels
  2. To investigate the challenges these pose for the concept of 'managerial work', and
  3. To develop the managerial competencies required to manage dynamic 'agile' organisations.


Topics covered include: the post-industrial age, managerial work, managing discourse, power, normative rule structures, teams, ambiguity and change. Group discussion is emphasised in this course. There is also a focus on the use of case studies.

ACCT5955 Management Control Systems in Contemporary Contexts

This course examines the design, implementation and uses of Management Control Systems (MCS) within contemporary organisations. There is a consideration of how designs of MCS are changing given globalisation and increasingly blurred organisational boundaries. The content is less technically oriented than a typical management accounting course and provides a broader strategic perspective of management control issues from the viewpoint of the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) and the senior executive team. The course is designed to be highly interactive. It encourages the application of reading materials to cases and reflections on the effectiveness of different MCS on performance in various organisational settings.

Issues considered include: the components of a MCS; MCS design and relationships with strategy; factors influencing the suitability/fit of control systems in different industry settings; uses of MCS to influence performance outcomes; MCS in different cultural and international settings; the product life cycle and MCS; and how MCS undergo change in established and newer organisations.

ACCT5961 Reporting for Climate Change and Sustainability

Climate change and sustainability are key challenges for our society and economy today. Governments and non-governmental organisations around the world have engaged in various climate change and adaptation policy initiatives to ensure survival and prosperity of current and future generations. This course explores issues related to climate change and sustainability and the implications for industry sectors and businesses. Established and proposed policy frameworks are surveyed and evaluated to highlight the significance of transparency and accountability in reporting economic, environmental, and social performance. The current state and trends in accounting, assurance and reporting for carbon emissions in a regulated and voluntary setting will be covered. Risk mitigation and management accounting strategies to respond to consequences of a carbon-constrained economy are also evaluated.

COMM5008 Enterprise Skills

​COMM5008 is offered as an elective for the Master of Commerce and Master of Professional Accounting.  This course offers students the opportunity to work in small teams to enhance their professional skills and capabilities combining preparatory workshops featuring industry leaders, a reflective journal, and professional project work with 100 hours of real-life experience. The placement component will be completed in conjunction with an industry partner within the start-up community.

COMM5030 Social Entrepreneurship Practicum

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply their cumulative learning, and build practical business and leadership capabilities within a social entrepreneurship context. Social entrepreneurs use business thinking to develop operating models aimed at creating positive social outcomes to reach people in need. The course is taught through genuine student engagement in a social entrepreneurship project, supported by both online modules and face-to-face strategy workshops. Each practicum experience will be different depending on the particular project on which each student will work. Assessment tasks are designed to provide a consulting style framework to both create value for the social entrepreneurship project, and to enable students to demonstrate their ability to apply and synthesise social entrepreneurship concepts. Assessments include project scope setting, a project presentation, a final project report, and a critical review and reflection.

The course can be taken either as a Master of Commerce and Master of Commerce (Ext) capstone practicum course or as an elective in one of the following Master of Commerce specialisations: Accounting (Management Accounting) or Management and Human Resource Management (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) . If taken as a capstone, it should be studied in the final semester of the program in place of the nominated capstone of the main specialisation. The course is offered during the standard semester periods or as an intensive course during Summer and Winter.

This course is by application only. Criteria for enrolment include: academic merit, genuine interest in social impact, any extra-curricular activities or experience in related fields.

For enquiries please contact CSI Students at: csistudents@unsw.edu.au


COMM5615 Systems Thinking and Business Dynamics

This course introduces leading edge systems thinking and modelling tools to enhance your ability to diagnose and solve complex business and social problems. You will learn a flexible and powerful approach to structuring managerial problems and visualising the interconnectedness of business, social and environmental systems. You will develop skills to conceptualise and build simulation models of an enterprise, enabling you to explore the dynamic consequences of different strategy/policy decisions and identify key leverage points in the system. For example, you will build and use simple simulation models to examine the growth dynamics of businesses such as Airbnb, Uber, and What’sApp. You will also discover how to elicit team knowledge to achieve a shared mental model among managers and/or policy makers, and how to convert a simulation model into a Management Gaming Simulator.

In the course, you will explore a broad application of business and public policy issues including firm growth and stagnation, competitive strategy, capability development and human resource policies, environmental sustainability, and the boom and bust dynamics of start-up businesses. Industries discussed include airlines, platform technology companies, electric vehicles, and also examples from public policy and social enterprises. In addition, you will examine cases of organisations that have successfully applied systems thinking and business dynamics.

FINS5526 International Corporate Governance: Accounting and Finance Perspectives

Aims to provide students with a practical and in-depth understanding of the way corporations are monitored, governed and controlled. Examines relationships and conflicts between key stakeholders (e.g. shareholders, managers, directors, employees, banks, regulatory bodies, etc.). Both internal aspects (e.g. performance evaluation, board structure, audit process, executive compensation, ownership structure, etc.) and external environments of corporate governance (legal protection of shareholders, hostile takeovers, proxy contests, bank monitoring, competition, etc.) are discussed in detail. The scope of coverage extends beyond Anglo-Saxon countries to examine issues in alternative governance systems adopted in Continental Europe, Asia and Latin America.

INFS5621 Enterprise Systems

The aim of this course is to introduce you to enterprise systems, to show how organisations use enterprise systems to run their operations more efficiently and effectively, to learn about the critical success factors and implementation strategies that lead to enterprise system success, and to consider the informational, knowledge, and decision-making opportunities afforded by enterprise systems.

The course will examine typical ES modules: manufacturing, supply chain management (SCM), financials, projects, human resource management, and customer relationship management (CRM). Enterprise systems (ES) use a single database to integrate business transactions along and between processes, leading to benefits such as efficient and error-free workflows plus accounting, management reporting and improved decision-making. The course will incorporate a laboratory component using the SAP software.

INFS5885 e-Business

This course aims to develop students' abilities to use, analyse, and evaluate electronic business technologies and to propose a business model and develop business strategies employing these technologies. The course covers intra‐ and inter‐ organisational systems, payment systems, mobile systems, cloud computing, social technologies, smart systems, and other Internet‐based information systems relevant for electronic business. Core elements of the course are the analysis and discussion of current electronic business case studies as well as the entrepreneurial development of actual electronic business models.

INFS5907 Managing Security and Ethics in Cyberspace

This course introduces students to the awareness and knowledge of security related issues occurring in cyberspace. It makes a specific emphasis on the need for ethical viewpoints, approaches and practices from a management perspective, when addressing the multidimensional challenges and solutions posed by the IS/IT related security problems.

MARK5700 Elements of Marketing

Marketing plays a key role in acquiring and retaining customers that is critical to the success of an organisation. Elements of Marketing examines how to attract and retain customers by understanding their expressed and latent needs, translating these needs into value offerings that customers want, creating brand awareness and communicating benefits of the value offerings, managing the delivery of value offerings to customers, and capturing value back to the organisation. The application of the theories, concepts, techniques and practices of modern marketing will be conducted via case studies, individual and group assessments.

MGMT5710 Managing and Leading People

Employers are increasingly demanding that graduates commence employment with highly developed skills in management and leadership. This course provides a foundation for the development of these skills for students undertaking the MCom program. The course introduces students to theories of management and leadership, including cultural differences in effectiveness of leadership, leadership in different types of organisations, and their relationships with other departments within the organisation, as well as encouraging students to engage in personal development of skills necessary for effective leadership and management.

The course aims to help students improve their understanding and competences in managing others, exercising leadership in a variety of situations and the ability to effectively work with other people in modern organisations. Students will undertake learning activities that address managerial and general skills.

MGMT5912 Negotiating in Global Context

Most contemporary university courses treat negotiation without considering cultural context. Yet, as business is ever more involved in the global economy, there is an ever greater role for cross-national and cross-cultural negotiations. The purpose of this course is to investigate how negotiation, as a process, differs across national contexts and cultures.

MGMT5940 Career Management Skills

The aim of this course is to examine, from applied and theoretical perspectives, the issues and element critical to international human resource management. The particular focus is on the managing of human resources in the multinational firm, and the associated effects of national cultural and institutional environments on the processes and practices associated with managing human resources in the international firm.

The course provides the international dimension on a number of HRM functions, including staffing, training, performance management, remuneration and expatriation/repatriation. The course also gives attention to characteristics and models of human resource management in various countries/regions of the world, including the Anglo-Saxon, European, South-east Asian and Japanese models.

TABL5524 Legal Environment of Asian Business

This era of globalisation and the rapid growth of Asian economies increasingly calls for commerce graduates with a solid understanding of how business is conducted in the different commercial legal frameworks operating in Asia. Legal Environment of Asian Business is designed to enable students to respond to this growing demand by presenting the legal knowledge needed for productive commercial engagement with the Asian economies.
The course introduces students to the legal environment of conducting business in the major and established Asian markets for Australia, most notably China, Japan, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. (Not all jurisdictions are dealt with in every semester as particular focus will be placed on certain jurisdictions in response to current developments). The course considers the legal and judicial systems of selected Asian jurisdictions and examines a range of specific topics in those particular regimes including contract law, criminal law (in the business context), dispute resolution, competition law, consumer law, and business associations law.

TABL5583 International Business Taxation

In the world economy, barriers to international investments are rapidly falling. Of the remaining barriers some of the most significant are differences in tax systems, and the inadequate coordination of different tax systems. This course discusses the principles relevant to international taxation and uses the Australian international tax rules to highlight possible international tax policy choices and problems. Prospects for the improved coordination of international tax rules through harmonisation and through bi-lateral and multi-lateral treaty networks are examined. Special emphasis is given to practical tax issues associated with international direct investments.

TABL5933 Tax Clinic

The Tax Clinic run by the UNSW School of Taxation & Business Law is an experiential, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) course. Students will be given the opportunity to support unrepresented, lower income or vulnerable taxpayers and small businesses in managing their tax affairs. Through their work for disadvantaged clients on case, education and policy files, students will develop their understanding of substantive and procedural tax and ethical issues.

Comprising both a clinical component (one full day per week) and a skills-based webinar component (1.5 hours per fortnight), students will undertake work for real clients and have opportunities to analyse the effect of the tax system in practice. Working under the supervision of both a registered tax agent and an academic from the UNSW School of Taxation & Business Law, students will have hands-on experience designing and delivering community rights-based tax education initiatives, and assisting clients (under supervision) with correspondence and demands from the Australian Taxation Office (‘ATO’). The fortnightly webinars will provide opportunities for the development of professional skills (such as client interviewing skills), advancing their tax technical knowledge on hot topics, and allowing for discussion and analysis of students’ experiences.

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Please note: you may choose other courses with approval from the Program Director.

If you have a weighted average mark of 80 or above in the first two semesters of the program you may apply to complete a research training path as follows:

ACCT5997 Seminar in Research Methodology

Enrolment requires School Approval. This course considers the relationship between science and scientific method; provides an introduction to the interpretation of the key statistical techniques used in accounting research; and considers and reviews some of the principle research methods that have been used to address issues in accounting.

ACCT5999 Project Report

Students will complete a suitable accounting project under the direction of a supervisor.

One of the following courses:

ACCT5909 Current Developments in Auditing Research

​Current Developments in Auditing Research is designed to extend disciplinary perspectives in auditing and provide training for research in auditing and assurance services. The course focuses on current areas of research in auditing and related assurance services. The following topics will be covered: some of the main empirical and theoretical developments in auditing research; the main research methods used in auditing research; alternative research methods; the practical implications of current research in auditing; the relationship of research to practice and standard-setting, and statistical tools to use in audit research.

ACCT5951 Current Developments in Accounting Research - Financial

​​Review of alternative approaches to the development of theories in external reporting. Explication and evaluation of substantive theories and associated research studies. Examination of research findings related to the accounting and reporting environment, agency cost and financial contracting, the properties of reported accounting numbers, predictive value of accounting information, the use of information in capital markets, and the use of accounting reports by individual decision makers.

ACCT5952 Current Developments in Accounting Research - Managerial

The aim of this course is to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary management accounting research, which emanates from different philosophical perspectives and employs different theories and research methods. Research is divided into two broad streams: work that seeks (a) to explain and design, and (b) to understand and interpret the practice of management accounting in organisational societies. Topics covered include design approaches using behavioural decision theory, contingency theory, institutional theory, and others and interpretive approaches using symbolic interactionism and theories of culture. There is also brief coverage of national differences in management accounting practice and of critical analyses of the development and operation of management accounting systems.

To be eligible for the program, you need to have:

The UNSW English Language requirements also apply to this program.

Note: No other requirement (such as GMAT, GRE, personal statement, academic referee) is considered unless otherwise specified.

Alternative entry

Applicants who do not have a credit average within their bachelor degree may be assessed on other performance indicators. For example, an applicant with an above average mark obtained in a Bachelor degree (for Australian qualifications this would be in the range of 60-64%) may result, on a case by case basis, in an offer being made based on the following performance indicators:

  • GMAT score of 600 or above.  The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is an exam created to measure the academic abilities needed to succeed in graduate management education. Further information can be obtained from www.gmac.com
  • Completion of other undergraduate, postgraduate or research qualifications
  • Professional qualifications completed through relevant professional bodies, for example the Institute of Chartered Accountants or CPA Australia
  • Relevant work experience is not a requirement but may be taken into consideration as an indicator of performance to support the application

Students who are not graduates of Australian or NZ universities

For students who have studied at overseas universities, the normal minimum academic requirement is the equivalent of a credit average grade (65%) from an Australian university, as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Calculator. Details on assessment will be determined by your grading system so it is important that this is attached with your transcript when you apply.

Note: Applicants from non-211 universities in China wishing to study Postgraduate Coursework in the UNSW Business School, must achieve a minimum overall average of 88 in their current university’s grading system. This is equivalent to an 85% Australian scaled average using the calculator.

We will use the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR). They are the government body that provides official information on the comparability of overseas qualifications with Australian qualifications using the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as our benchmark.

In those countries where an equivalent grade has not been established, the following will be taken into consideration:

  • The standard and content of the undergraduate program completed, and
  • The standard of the institution from which the qualifications were obtained
  • Indian universities award different types of bachelor and master degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a 3-year bachelor degree or professional bachelor degree and provide all individual marksheets.
  • Iranian universities award different types of bachelor degrees, with different requirements in terms of length of study. At a minimum, applicants would be required to have a 4-year bachelor degree.

Application checklist

Before you apply, ensure that you:

  1. Choose the right program that matches your interests and career aspirations
  2. Meet the entry requirements of the program
  3. Check if you are eligible to apply for credits or advanced standing based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this program
  4. Note: You can apply for credits during the online application process

  5. Have the various supporting documentation for your application. E.g.

   a. Official academic transcripts
   b. Proof of completion of qualification
   c. Proof of identity and citizenship
   d. Proof of relevant work experience (if required)

    You can upload the above documentation during the online application process

How to apply

You can apply for this program online:

There are three intakes per year:

  • Term 1 (February): 30 November
  • Term 2 (June)*: 31 March
  • Term 3 (September): 31 July

*Please note that not all programs have a Term 2 intake.

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places.

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UNSW Business School students are Australia’s best and brightest, with a reputation for drive and innovation. Our graduates have exceptional employability rates, performing well above the national average. In the 2018 QILT survey, 93% of our postgraduate students were employed full-time within four months of graduating and were earning a median wage of $120k.

Our degrees include up to two for-credit industry experiences, such as internships or global business practicums. The experiences are part of a suite of opportunities that is exclusive to UNSW’s Business School students and organised through Career Accelerator. The professional development opportunities complement your studies, build connections to industry and give you a clear advantage after graduation.

The opportunities are grouped within the Networking, Mentoring, Internships, and Global sections of Career Accelerator.


The people you meet during your time at university can play a profound role in positively shaping your career. Connect with like-minded and influential people through:

  • Industry Insights – workshop sessions delivered by industry partners
  • Industry Events – invitation-only events hosted by industry partners
  • Business Case Competitions – impress future employers with your problem-solving skills


Participating in a mentoring program will boost your confidence, help grow your professional network, develop your communication, teamwork and leadership skills as well as building upon your business acumen.

  • Career Mentoring Program – a 10-week program of career mentoring and coaching
  • Australian Business Essentials – mentoring for international students with no previous Australian work experience


UNSW Business School’s for-credit and not-for-credit opportunities such as traditional internships, consultancy projects, social entrepreneurship practicums, virtual internships and extra-curricular experiences.

  • Internships & Consulting Projects – for-credit projects available in person and online
  • Social Entrepreneurship Practicum – for-credit practicum to develop professional team skills in a real project
  • Business Experience – online and in-person projects for professional development


The personal and professional benefits of living, studying or working in a different culture are immense and recognised by employers.

  • Global Business Practicum - work in small cross-disciplinary student consulting team on a genuine business issue, usually in Asia
  • Social Entrepreneurship Practicum - build entrepreneurial, workplace and leadership capabilities in Bali
  • Student Exchange – live and study overseas at one of our 200 partner universities

View the full suite of Career Accelerator opportunities.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
Masters Degree (Coursework)
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
Study Mode
Face to face
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Commencing terms
Term 1 - February
Term 2 - June
Term 3 - September
Course fee*
Program fee (total)*
* Fees are indicative only

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